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Millstream Back Road StoutMillstream Back Road Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The 'oatmeal' in the name is due the 5% oatmeal in the the grist of this brew. Oats give beer a real thick mouthfeel, something definitely desirable in a stout! Black malt and roasted barley give the beer its color, and coffee-like flavors. If you like thick full-bodied & smooth stout, this beer is for you!

22 IBU

Added by jt31914 on 06-19-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
158
Ratings:
321
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
Wants:
10
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25
For Trade:
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Photo of frankiepop
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black black beer with hints of red hue. Tan cream head. Nice aromatic qualities.

Taste is a nice slow mellow stout. A gentle thumb up. A little sweet and chocolaty. It's not over the top. Nice smooth low carbonation that complements the subtle quality of this stout. I recommend it.

Goes down well with a nice dose of Paul Bley solo piano music or Pink Floyd. Take your pick.

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Photo of jhammerly
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The cap on the bottle states that this from their 20th year anniversary, so I may have gotten to this a little too late, since it was from 2005.

The pour was a solid black with a creamy tan head about 1 1/2" thick. Good head retention and it coated the sides of the glass each time I took a drink.

A nice roasty aroma that was a bit faint. The same goes for the taste as well. It starts off nicely, but doesn't finish well. There is a bit of an astringent taste at the end which is really the only negative for this beer.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and clean, not creamy at all. Is this due to it being a lager instead of an ale? Aside from the only negative, this is a really good beer that is very drinkable. It just isn't an outstanding beer.

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Photo of maximum12
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shout out to hero27 for this brew as part of a fantastic trade, with marvelous throw-ins.

According to the Millstream website this one clocks in at 5.1% ABV. Drops in the Oberon pint glass dark & flat, with a head that goes underground quickly. Smells rich & malty with some fresh-turned earth thrown in, nice.

This is a nice beer from a brewery I'd never heard of. Tastes nice & thick, but lacks a little of the depth I prefer in a stout. The oatmeal is evident but muted. Not a lot else going on.

If there was such a thing as a session stout, it would be the Colony.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nearly opaque dark brown with moderate chocolate cream head. Moderate to light body for stout. Deep roasty chocolate notes with slightly acidic palate. Decent, but I like more body and less acidity in my stouts.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I poured out this brew into my perfect pour glass I had visions of this being what BP was dumping into the Gulf because it's so dark, pitch black.

This beer is black and as thick as some chowders I've had (not that this in anyway resembles chowder in aroma or taste) I was afraid it would stick to the sides of the bottle. It didn't. The aorma was coffee, perhaps some cocoa. The taste was light, earthy coffee with toffee perhaps. It had a slight twang and finished with one. It was decent enought to go for another one.

OK, the label is confusing the shit out of me. It looks like a guy putting the moves on grandma at a barn picnic while the dog is watching. WTF is going on in that picture?!

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date. Pours brownish black with a good-sized tan head. Smells of earthy hops and roasted malt. Subdued taste of light coffee, roasted malts, and hops, some citrus rind coming through. Medium body and average-high carbonation. Pretty good, but the smell and taste is too mellow.

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Photo of brewQ
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up passing through at John's Grocery.
Was in the mood for a stout.

Toffee brown head, opaque black body.
Coats buts doesn't really leave sheathing on the glass.

Aroma reminds of homemade bread- baked, molasses smells.

Taste is of roasted caramel.

Finishes almost cloying but the CO2 washes clean.

This is a Meal but in style- still can't figure out how this is a "Lager" as stated on the label.

Nice drink.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old stout from the BOTM club from over a year ago.

Appearance - Pours a damn dark black into my SA Perfect Pint with less than a finger of head that dissipates almost immediately leaving literally no lacing.

Smell - Chocolate, coffee, and sweet malts. Overall, quite subdued.

Taste - More so coffee than chocolate. Also, there is a definite odd metallic taste that is extremely off-putting.

Mouthfeel - Lighter to medium bodied. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Yeah, not feeling this. The metallic taste is just so distracting I can't enjoy this beer. My drinking it now reminds me that this is how the beer tasted a year ago and age did not improve this (that is why I didn't review it then - I wanted to let it sit for a bit). Oh well...a swing and a miss.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, consumed last friday...a friend of mine got it at brennans-watts road before we cooked up some grub

appearance: dark brown, almost opaque body poured into a pint glass...strong tan head with decent lace

aroma: just fine...bakers chocolate, light coffee, rather roasty

taste: nice dry chocolate, bakers chocolate, strong roasted malt, light char...not anything bad to say but its pretty standard

mouthfeel: medium body, lightly acidic

drinkability: a-ok

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Photo of momoagogo14
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into an Okocim pint glass

Aroma: strong dark chocolate, coffee, toasted malts
Appearance: chocolate brown, light brown head with minimal lacing and retention
Taste: Coffee and bitter dark chocolate flavors come through up front, the oatmeal nuttiness is more present on the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Almost seems too thin and too carbonated for the style.
Overall: Tried this on a whim because I like supporting local breweries. I think it’s a good first attempt at the style. I was pleasantly surprised at the flavors. Just wish the texture/mouthfeel was a little more substantial.

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Photo of marc77
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque jet black hue, w/ a hint of hazy deep garnet when held to light. The light brown head settles quickly into a thin layer that leaves sparse islands of bubbles. Sharp, coffeeish roasted barley combined with chocolate malt dominate the aroma... dark caramel malt sweetness is intially subdued but becomes more assertive as the brew warms. Fruity esters are completely absent. The flavor is an appropriate extension of the aroma, although w/ a more prominent malt sweetness. An initial snap of roasted barley bitterness gives way to sugary caramel, then moderate hop bitterness and chocolate malt emerge, lending a bittersweet dark chocolate character mid palate. Light in body for style, but with sufficient dextrins for a smooth mouthfeel. Finishes somewhat dry, w/ roasted grain bitterness lingering. Colony is an enjoyable oatmeal stout, but doesn't possess any outstanding qualities. Although it lacks the "silky" quality of a good OS, the drinkability remains good.

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Photo of Tone
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with an amber color along the bottom of the glass. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of roasted malt, oatmeal, sweet malt, and slight hops. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Mouth feel is coarse and sharp with a high carbonation level. There is also a strong bitterness associated with the roasted malt. Tastes of roasted malt up front, slight hop background, sweetness of the oatmeal, and slight coffee in the finish. Overall, a pretty good oatmeal stout. The bitterness level is too high and the head retention is negligent, though.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color, small head. Aroma is mildly choolate, but kind of weak. A medium bodied Oatmeal stout. Roasted malts, chocolatly and slightly sweet. Mild hops, slightly spicy. Big taste, full flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is very dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice stout.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

thx orbitalr0x

it pours totally dark (duh) with a mild tan foam. some hints of brown-tinged light shine though reluctantly. aroma is bready with heavily creamed coffee. mild and certainly not pungent scent. flavor is also very mild and refreshing. reminds me of an iced coffee with most of the ice melted. some mocha notes as well as butterscotch and toffee in the end. warmth brings out carob and date flavors. rich, buttery tastes mix in a mild way yielding a light-to-medium body oatmeal flavor.. not predominant but adds a certain doughy mouthfeel. overall a decent beer and par for course.

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Photo of dgugliuzza
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint

Pours black with a long cascading effect. Has a fluffy tan head with some retention. The head sounds like it's smoldering like a fire. Many tiny bubbles line the rim of the glass.

Smells of roasted malts and cocoa powder. Has a subtle sweetness that seems to come from the malt. Leaves a crisp sensation in the nose that resembles a stream beer.

Tastes of roasted malts and charred chocolate. The sweet malt comes in at the middle and lingers. Slight bitterness at the back end with minuscule hop aroma.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, however, the body is a bit thin for a stout. This beer would greatly benefit from some viscosity. Has a nice prickly carbonation that reminds me of anchor porter. The only benefit of a thin body is excellent drinkability.

This stout is surprisingly refreshing without compromising much of the taste. It's roasty and smooth. Overall, I am fairly impressed. It's a good lighter bodied stout. I just prefer more body and creaminess.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is almost black on the pour and appears nothing but in the glass and has a one finger- effervescent head that quickly dies down to just a thin layer around the edge of the glass. The smell is what you might expect from an oatmeal stout, roasted barley, coffee and chocolate, maybe a hint of vanilla. The taste is well balanced, with the slight sweetness of chocolate malt being countered with an unexpected bitterness. Roasted notes are quite prominent and there is a slight oxidation present which hurts the taste score. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and the carbonation is more aggressive than creamy. A pretty decent stout overall, not the best but I've definitely had worse.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Millstream Colony Oatmeal Stout, from a 12 oz., short brown glass bottle, came my way thanks to BA Buckeyenation. I poured mine into a standard pint glass.

The stout poured a soda colored black. After a very vigorous pour, I still didn't get much of a head, and what I did get came and went by very quickly. The nose was s ubtle marriage of burnt malts and chocolate malts. The flavor began and danced with a malty chocolatieness with a dry finish. It was a surisingly light mouthfeel with a high amount of carbonation. The flavor saves it, and makes it a very decent oatmeal stout. This is one of the dark colored ales that I could sit and session with but not necessarily spend time amazed by its flavor.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bee rpours an inky black color, with a thin brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving no lace.

This beer has a sweet caramel aorma. It smells a bit biscuity. Maybe a little too much so. It has a slight chocolatey aroma as well.

This beer has a mild bittersweet chocolate flavor. A bit of bread and biscuit in the flavor. Roasted malts with a slight licorice flavor also.

This beer is a little too carbonated for the style. It leaves a biscuity aftertaste.

This beer might be a decent session beer. It is not too alcoholic, and the flavor is not too aggressive.

Overall: Thanks go out to BuckeyeNation for this generous hook up. The bottle says " Colony Oatmeal Stout Lager" That makes absolutely no sense, but whatever. This beer was good. Not like a life changing beer, but definately drinkable, and worth drinking again.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fine dark black with a small, light brown head.

Rich aroma, some oats with plenty of roasted chocolate as well as a bit of fruit.

Medium body, a bit thin for the style. Light carbonation. Big chocolate malt flavors are balanced by a light "oatiness." Ends with a mix of caramel and bitter chocolate. My taste buds may be off, but I pick up just a hint of peanuts in the end as well. Odd, not bad though.

A reasonable oatmeal stout. A bigger body would help significantly. The concept of an oatmeal stout lager is intriguing as well.

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Photo of froggyfrog
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. For a change of place in glassware, I served this in a cut-glass tumbler. Millstream Colony Oatmeal Stout appears courtesy of hero27. All rights reserved.

Black. Not much head. Some lethargic CO2 activity evident around the edges.

Crazy smells coming off of this one. Lots of expertly coded olfactory data that defies description. Roasted malts and oat flakes stand out.

Somewhat stinging and syrup slick on the tongue. This beer crashes into the mouth with lots of quality coffee roast flavors. It sports a nice clingy oat fullness which I love. There is an effervescent bitterness that hits in the front of the mouth on the tip of the tongue.

This brew seems a little thin on body despite the previously noted clingy oats.

Overall moderately complex with good solid coffee, oat and roasted malt flavors. It looks good, smells good and tastes good as well, but that weakness of body really knocks this beer down a few notches. Perhaps this thin feeling is a result of the brewery's use of lager yeast to ferment this beer?

Final verdict: Enjoyable. Check it out.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a medium tan head.

The aroma was a very nice creamy chocolate with an even better roasted coffee blend.

Flavor wasn't as great as the smell prepared me for. The chocolate and coffee flavors just weren't as strong, and seemed just average. In fact, it only seemed apparent when the aftertaste kicked in and brought out the flavor.

Mouthful was a little oily, had a seltzer or tonic water feeling to it. Very distracting. I wonder if this was a bottling problem.

Drinkability was only Ok. The off-flavors in the mouthfeel really distracted from an otherwise decent beer.

Update: Tried another one from another location and enjoyed it much better. The downfalls I described before were not apparent. The only drawback is still over-carbonation with active fizzing on the tongue. Much better flavor. I bumped my scores for taste & drinkability. Mouthfeel stays put.

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Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks, Benny.

This stout is an oily near black, some brown just showing through the thickly dark body. The brown head is small and frothy, compact and strong as it sits at roughly half a finger for most of the duration, making a moderate show of lacing.
This is a sweeter stout, less of the big roast than many and countering most of the dryness. There's a light note of coffee, but coffee with so much creamer it drowns out the bitterness fortunately and the depth and strength less fortunately.
It's pretty tasty but held back just a little. It has a light roast, some coffee flavors, even a note of oats such as don't come out in an oatmeal stout, and cream, but it's not allowed to reach its full depth and potential. Still, I'd definitely have another.
The smoothness the style is known for is achieved in this beer, with little roast coming from dryness but having enough heft and just enough of a drier aspect to give it the balance and character it needs.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown with a really nice tan head that sticks together nicely and leaves some sheets of lace.

Nose of roasted patent malt with dark fruit sweetness. Definitely strong enough to bring some anise style depth to the aroma.

Favoring neither coffee nor chocolate the dark malt leaves a moderately bitter taste on the tongue along with just enough dark fruits to keep the balance and interest.

The flavors don't really get to roll around much on the tongue due to an overly zesty population of carbonation bubbles that roll around too long. Smooth and solid, oat-influenced heft us not enough to ruin the mouthfeel.

Why is this beer lagered? I feel like bottle conditioning an ale would have produced a great complexity and more even-keeled mouthfeel. Not bad overall though.

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Photo of ZAP
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brownish black with some scarlet hues....nose is dark malts...a little coffee bean...and a hint of caramel..

Body is creamy and nicely textured...medium to full bodied...smooth and clean...nicely done..

Flavor is basic stout....burnt malts..a little java...light caramel....pretty decent...

Finishes pretty clean.with a little burnt toast bite....

Overall this is the best of the Millstream sampler I just tried...I'd slip a sixer of this into my winter rotation if this was availabe in my area....

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance : Pours a motor oil black body straight out of the bottle, but what's most disappointing is the total lack of head. There's none, period. I'm wondering if I got a dud, and the "best by" date is December of 2014, so maybe that had something to do with it being 4 months out of date. Still, I've had some beers WAY past date that still poured an awesome head. So, yeah, major problems in this category.

Aroma : Chocolatey malts, some licorice, oatmeal, light coffee aromas. Typical for your standard Oatmeal Stout, and I love that, so this is right up my alley. Faint woody hop in the distance at just the right level.

Taste : It's pretty easy drinking stout right off the bat, with the oatmeal coming out right away. Some coffee grounds and light earth follow, and some faint roasted malts with cocoa powder. At the end is some semi-sweet chocolate that rests on the palate.

Mouthfeel : Pretty medium bodied, a bit sticky and tarry, perhaps sappy even. It ends with a pleasant dryness as it soaks up the saliva on your tongue with authority. Pretty on par for the style, though I like the extra dryness here. The lack of head equates to a lack of stable carbonation, and it comes off a bit flat unfortunately.

Overall : I'd have it again, and for what a six pack goes for ($8.99 around here), it's worth a grab. The total lack of head really started out this journey a bit rocky down the back road, but by the end the ride smoothed out and it's a pretty decent brew overall.

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Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.
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